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Lavatera Love

By pamelajean
Firstly, I was overwhelmed by your kind User Awards on my "Garden Gift", and grateful to CarolG for identifying the hybrid tea rose that I inherited. Thanks go to Lucien, Eileen, Ed, Netta, Carol, Maureen and Jane.

I've been in Winchester for 2 years now, but when on Hayling Island I had a wonderful lavatera which was aspiring to be a tree, and I had to chain it up to the garden shed because it grew so tall. I loved it so much. Then, one winter, it died. So I treated myself to another one for my new garden here and it is doing really well.

This is a re-work of an old image of the previous plant, so its beauty lives on.
The Fuji S7000 macro is so good that even after having it stolen in Spain, I bought another second-hand one.


Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Mallow family Lavatera arborea Rose mallow Tree mallow

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EileenH 8 1 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 1:41PM

29 Sep 2013 1:48PM
Beautifully presented with wonderful colours throughoutSmile

NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 1:50PM
A very well observed, composed, exposed and crafted floral image with great colour and wonderful pin sharp detail Pam.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
fificat100 10 5 2 Scotland
29 Sep 2013 1:57PM
Very Beautiful. So sharp, lovely detail and gorgeous colour, Pam.

jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
29 Sep 2013 1:58PM
A beautiful presentation

User_Removed 17 386 2 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 2:28PM
Beautifully presented.
boov Plus
8 2 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 3:07PM
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
29 Sep 2013 3:10PM
This is a stunning image, Pamela, and worthy of many votes and awards, unfortunately I have used mine today Sad Carol
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
29 Sep 2013 3:22PM
Beautiful. I used to grow these but had forgotten how beautiful they are.
Hermanus 9 4 South Africa
29 Sep 2013 3:29PM
A stunning image of this really beautiful flowers Pamela !! I cannot recall ever seeing one !!
TyChee Plus
16 275 1 United States
29 Sep 2013 3:30PM
A real beauty. Fantastic shot!

RonnieAG Plus
11 154 119 Scotland
29 Sep 2013 3:44PM
A finely crafted shot and presented so originally: wonderful detail and textures, and a beautiful arrangement within the frame.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2457 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 4:03PM
This is amazingly beautiful, partly down to the colour balance, that strong but perfectly controlled pink against the greyish green background with its hints of soft pink, partly due to the overhead view that isolates the cluster from any context or visible means of support. They are floating, or flying. I'm seeing explorers, with the buds as two look-outs or navigators leading the way and the leaves as oars or wings.
I think you've placed the subject in the frame according to the overall size including the projecting leaves, for me that gives a bit too much space at the bottom compared with the top. I want to crop of 30-40% of the space below that pointed leaf. But that's a very minor matter.
Brian65 12 2 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 4:33PM
Just Perfect!! Pamela. Love it.
Niknut Plus
11 3.0k 82 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 4:33PM
Gorgeous !!.....superb quality !!
CaroleS Plus
11 442 3 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 4:33PM
Gorgeous detail and colourSmile
Philip_H 9 1.5k United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 4:39PM
Lovely colour and detail.

LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 5:00PM
Excellent detail in the flowers and leaves.
Paree 16 616 3
29 Sep 2013 5:12PM
perfection personified

cabbie Plus
14 31 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 5:43PM
Simply stunning

BarbaraR 15 1.1k 1 England
29 Sep 2013 5:59PM
wow, this is very beautiful.

NaturesHaven 10 283 6 England
29 Sep 2013 6:11PM
Beautifully presented...........GrinGrin
fentiger 20 920 24 England
29 Sep 2013 6:18PM
Superb detail in this wonderful floral image.

Gorgeous colours & detailing picked out in the petals.. Wonderful
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 6:44PM
Wonderful work here Pamela.

Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
29 Sep 2013 6:56PM
Fantastic pin sharp details, clarity and vibrant colour in this eyecatching image Pamela, you've really excelled yourself here
sparrowhawk Plus
12 282 2 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 7:00PM
absolutely atunning
29 Sep 2013 7:38PM
A beautifully captured image.
For future reference, a piece of Lavateria can just be pushed into the ground and it will root, you might also spot other varieties you might like for your garden.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
29 Sep 2013 7:51PM
This is very beautiful, Pamela, such wonderful colour and the detail is superb Smile
Trev Smile
ColouredImages 17 47 35 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 8:02PM
netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
29 Sep 2013 8:41PM
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2013 9:03PM
MOIRA: You're right about my placement, but I think your suggested crop could work well.

CHRISTINE: When my other one died, it had no leaves or shoots, just a stem. Anyway, thankyou for that information. I have seen white ones, but find the pink more attractive.

taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
30 Sep 2013 1:13AM
Ohhhh so very lovely-- almost metallic --love this processing!
9 3 8 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2013 1:33AM
Amazing detail all round and presented very wellGrin
canonfan 11 7 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2013 8:01AM
Beautiful image
30 Sep 2013 3:16PM
Absolutely fabulous PamelaSmile
carper123 Plus
9 1.3k 8 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2013 4:00PM
Hi, Pamela, wow a stunning image, fills the frame with wonderful colour and detail, presentation and composition is spot on, I am not a great lover of flower shots, probably cos I am useless at it, Wink
This one is a stand out image and is deserving of the highly prized carper UA. Extra xxxxxx as well.
Well done on all of your awards, well deserved,
Darryl. xxxxx SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile
Mike_Smith Plus
14 801 2 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2013 5:13PM
Theres no wonder you got all of them awards, what an outstanding image, top Photography
bricurtis Plus
16 2.5k 51 England
30 Sep 2013 8:26PM
Not usually keen on images that appear to be floating,but this overhead shot is exceptional. Gorgeous colours, superb details all on a dream bg. Cracking image Pamela.
capto Plus
9 6.8k 25 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2013 10:28PM
Excellent technique worked very well.Smile

ChiliMan 15 135 17 Singapore
1 Oct 2013 8:26AM
Mindblowingly stunning. Nothing short of. The exposure, light and detail are is the colour. Utterly perfect background too.

Well DONE, Pamela SmileSmileSmile

ChiliMan 15 135 17 Singapore
1 Oct 2013 8:28AM
If I could give you my UA, I would. In a heartbeat. Just tried, Smile
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
1 Oct 2013 4:23PM
Gorgeous colours Pamela.
Wonderful detail in the petals too.
And I have seen HUNDREDS of chains before,
but never one to keep a flower in check !!
Trev_B 14 151 68 England
1 Oct 2013 10:25PM
Stunning colour and wonderful detail.

3 Oct 2013 9:32PM
Absolutely stunning Pam, superb details..Lin
5 Oct 2013 2:51PM
Wow - stunning shot, beautifully presented.
tonyng Plus
11 11 3 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2013 8:18PM
This is a jaw-dropper Pam.
7 Oct 2013 9:00AM
Beautiful GrinGrinGrin

annettep38 10 220 42 Luxembourg
14 Oct 2013 5:35PM
just stunning!
xwang 12 56 8
21 Oct 2013 11:16PM
Oh... how lovely... I love this one..Grin
Mavis 19 143 2 England
6 Nov 2013 1:50AM
Can't believe how much more you have added to nature Pamela with this exquisite background . A very clean and dainty pink & exceptional detail of the stamens xx
Mavis 19 143 2 England
6 Nov 2013 2:08AM
Forgot to say Pamela about 6 inch cuttings will root well in summer & cut the plant right down in march lots more will grow & it wont then grow too tall xx
DonMc 13 4 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2013 10:09PM
Super processing makes this a very special picture PamelaSmileSmileWink
User_Removed 8 10 4 United Kingdom
20 Dec 2013 9:32PM
great colour combo and selection but it does seem to be floating in mid-air. Have you tried adding shadows to give the shot depth? Just a thought hope you don;t mind :O)


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